Neshti (The Stealthmaiden)
Neshti (nesh-tee), the Veiled Thief, the Stealthmaiden, the Lady of Shadows, is the goddess of thievery, malfeasance, and most pursuits on the wrong side of the law. She is the patroness of rogues, vigilantes, and peasant heroes, all those willing to stand against tyranny and cruelty. Many crimes are committed in her name, but the Stealthmaiden is only willing to grant her blessings on those who do so for the right reasons. A thief who steals bread to feed his children, a bard who swindles a cruel city official, and a sorceress who charms a miserly noble into granting a bit of his fortune as alms to the poor may all offer a prayer to Neshti—in the hope that she will veil their crimes so they will live to commit more. The Lady of Shadows offers no apologies, and will use any means necessary to see the greater good done, possessing no misgivings about stabbing her enemies in the back. Neshti and most of her faithful do not care for fair fights, as evil seldom does either. Although averse to murder, she is willing to deal violence upon her enemies and if death is the consequence of villainy, so be it.
The Stealthmaiden’s underhanded dogma is controversial among other goodly deities. In religious art, she is depicted as a hooded adolescent girl with raven-black hair, and is sometimes seen hiding from Justicia and Gorhan. Neshti does not care for temples and open worship, so her faithful usually gather in guildhalls or in small, nondescript shrines out of plain sight. There is no uniform appearance among her faithful; the black-clad, rooftop-dwelling burglar, the well-armed adventuring wizard, and the nondescript neighborhood cobbler could all be followers of the Lady of Shadows. Many of Neshti’s clerics multiclass as rogues.